Growing Your Business

Ponca City Pitch-off Criteria for June 4, 2020 Pitches

SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT – FREE SERVICES

IENetwork 2nd Thursday, City Central Lobby Level, 5:30 pm Whether you own your business or are developing a business idea, agility has never been more important than in this age of disruption and opportunity. Inventing a new widget or part is great. How do you monetize or commercialize your next idea? Trademark? Patent? Copyright? Find a manufacturer? IENetwork meets the second Tuesday of each month. This group of experienced and fledgling product developers offer suggestions, refinement and information to assist with commercializing your produce here in Ponca City. Programs have included product demonstrations, patent attorneys and commercializing assistance. Contact Kat Long for more information.

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING – FREE Just ask Dawn Brakey, Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network (OBAN) Counselor. If you have ever thought of contracting with the Federal, State, Tribal or local governments, just Ask Dawn; she can assist with vendor registration, customer ID and niche markets to better position your company in the government contracting arena. Do not pay someone to do this for you. Call Dawn Brakey at Pioneer Technology Center.

BUSINESS PLAN ASSISTANCE Business Plans are absolutely vital to the success of your company. Whether you are a sole proprietor or have several employees, your business plan is a roadmap for your “next steps” and can assist when seeking bank funding, SBA funding, insurance coverage and future growth for you business. Contact Ben Evans, Pioneer Technology Center https://bit.ly/31of6H0

Business Brainstorming - Find out if your business idea has traction in the Ponca City market. Business research, marketing and customer segmentation, product development and cost analysis. Contact Kat Long for your personalized brainstorming.

Business Planning Create your business plan at your own speed in your free time, whether that is 2 pm or am. LivePlan is an intuitive online business planning software program. Contact Ben Evans at Pioneer Technology Center to get started on your plan.

Customer Segmentation and Marketing – Any Size Company: Identify, qualify and find your best customer: locally, regionally and nationally. This one-hour workshop can be accomplished at your place of business or on your lunch hour. Contact Kat Long to set up a time to find your best customer. Kat Long, PCDA

Business Plan Pitch Off Competition - Submit and pitch your business plan each year in April for the opportunity to receive $5000 in incentives to your company. Must have business bank account, business plan and ability to pitch in person to the five-judge panel. Contact Kat Long for more information.

Phase II Pitch Competition - Grow your company with this Line of Credit competition which happens in October of each year. High score business plan and business pitch to judges receives a $10,000 deposit for one year to use as collateral on a line-of-credit with their bank. Contact Kat Long for more information.

Dawn Brakey, Pioneer Technology Center OBAN Coord. 580.716.7021 dawnb@pioneertech.edu

Ben Evans, Pioneer Technology Center Business Services 405.880.1280 BenE@pioneertech.edu

Kat Long, PCDA Small Business & Information Coord. 580.761.3028 klong@goponca.com https://bit.ly/31of6H0